Celebrating our Engagement: Photos & Videos

Click to view video highlighting event.

A few weeks ago, the College of Health and Human Services held its second annual event, Celebrating our Engagement: A CHHS Faculty Showcase. This event served as an interdisciplinary open house showcasing outstanding faculty research, exciting new initiatives and innovative student projects. This year, 24 fantastic research projects were on display, representing all academic fields within our seven departments.

The event gives fellow faculty, administrators, alumni and the community a chance to meet and congratulate new and recently promoted faculty members and learn more about the critical role that community engagement plays in achieving the college’s mission and its commitment to Live Well Central California. It was a great night of collaboration, networking and inspiring research. You may view a complete list of all 24 research projects HERE.

Click to view welcome remarks by the Dean and a presentation by faculty in the Public Health Department.

Photo Credits: Cary Edmondson, Fresno State University Communications

Video Credits: Eric West, Fresno State TILT (compilation video)  // Stephen Trembley, Fresno State Athletics (live feed video)

Physical Therapy students present at Statewide Conference

Just a few week ago, over 1,000 physical therapists from all over California came together in Oakland for the California Physical Therapy Association‘s annual conference. About 50 of our own physical therapy students were in attendance to volunteer and network with others in their field. There were also 30 poster presentations from physical therapists and students from around the state. Five of those posters happened to be student led and collaborative projects from Fresno State students!
Students that had their work featured:

Ashley Van Artsdalen

Ashley Van Artsdalen is in her final year of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program. She presented her case study from her qualifying examination, entitled: From Crisis to Compensation – Early Physical Therapy to Address Symptoms Resulting from Vestibular Neuritis in a 54-year-oled Female: A Case Report (in collaboration with Dr. Marcia Thompson, Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at Fresno State)

Huy Vo

Huy Vo is a second year student research assistant in the lab of Dr. Bhupinder Singh, Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at Fresno State. Poster: Biomechanical Gait Changes in Obese Females During a Walking Session (in collaboration with Dr. Singh)

Elaine Keith

Elaine Keith is in her final year of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program. She also presented her case study from her Qualifying Examination: Multisensory Functional Training for a Patient with Lupus Cerebritis: A Case Report (in collaboration with Dr. Peggy Trueblood, Professor and Chair in the Department of Physical Therapy)

Souren Avanessian

Souren Avanessian is in his final year of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program.  He presented preliminary work from his Doctoral Research Project, which he will defend in March. Poster: The Relationship Between Footwear, Somatosensory Status and Performance of Key Components of Static and Dynamic Balance as Measured by Inertial Movement Units (in collaboration with Dr. Thompson and Dr. Trueblood)

Brynne Altamirano

Brynne Altamirano is in her final year of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program. She also presented preliminary work from her Doctoral Research Project, which she will defend in March. Poster: The Relationship Between Somatosensory Status and Performance of Key Components of Functional Balance as Measured by Inertial Movement Units (in collaboration with Dr. Thompson and Dr. Trueblood)

Congratulations to all our fantastic Physical Therapy students on their poster presentations! Thank you to Dr. Marcia Thompson for providing the photos and information for this piece. For more information on the conference or the posters presented, please contact Dr. Thompson at marciat@csufresno.edu or visit the Department of Physical Therapy website.

$100,000 Gift to CHHS in Memory of Fresno Librarian to Support Student Research

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Patricia Powell of Fresno.

The College of Health and Human Services at Fresno State received a pledge, estimated at $100,000, from the estate of Fresnan Patricia Powell. The gift will support students and their research.

Powell is donating in memory of her longtime friend and original owner of the estate, Faith Ann Searle, who died in 2010. After Searle’s death, Powell established the Faith Ann Searle Memorial Fund in her honor.

“Faith Ann felt that no student with promise should be denied the opportunity to pursue his or her educational dreams,” Powell said. “She was a lifelong educator who always encouraged others to strive for excellence and take on the dream of higher education. I felt it was appropriate to honor her memory by giving to the college.”

Searle did not have direct ties to Fresno State, but was a strong advocate of higher education. She earned five degrees during her lifetime — two bachelor’s degrees and three master’s degrees from the University of Southern California in music (1950), education (1954) and library science (1959).

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Ms. Faith Ann Searle.

After receiving her master’s in education, Searle spent four years teaching at colleges in the Midwest. Women’s roles in the United States at that time were in a transitional state, as many took on men’s jobs while they were away at war. When the war ended, many men resumed their positions and those jobs were no longer available to women. Searle lost her job, but took that as an opportunity to advance her education. She returned to her hometown of Pasadena and re-enrolled at USC, where she earned her master’s in library science.

She then worked for the Fresno County Library for 25 years, before retiring in the mid-1990s. It was at that time that Powell and Searle’s paths first crossed.

Nestled away in old Fig Garden, just down the street from the University House, is the charming sage green home that belonged to Searle since the 1970s. She led a relatively quiet and humble life, Powell said, and never married or had children. After a fall left Searle’s health at risk, Powell moved in and became her caretaker. Their relationship was so strong that Searle later officially adopted Powell as her daughter, a few years before her death.

“This fund is my way of keeping Faith Ann’s determined academic spirit alive in the generations to come,” Powell said. “This home was a gift to me, and it is only right that I gift it to others in her honor. I am simply paying forward the incredible generosity of Faith Ann, and I am confident my money will go to support programs with the greatest need and result in a positive, meaningful impact on society.”

Powell, a retired entrepreneur who founded Fresno’s Better Homes Real Estate Magazine, intends to split proceeds from the estate amongst five charities and organizations in Searle’s honor — including Fresno State.

The College of Health and Human Services is among the largest colleges at Fresno State, offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees in a variety of health care and human service fields.

“What is so inspirational about this gift is that it allows for Faith Ann’s passion for education and love of learning to live on in students who are pursuing careers in the health and human services field,” said Dr. Jody Hironaka-Juteau, interim dean of the college. “This gift will impact students who are active participants in research, and we are truly appreciative of Patricia Powell’s generosity.”

For more information, contact Dana Zupanovich Lucka at 559.278.3603.

The estate of Faith Ann Searle and Patricia Powell.

Join the Talk November 20th!

Join the College of Health and Human Service faculty and Centers/Institutes staff as we talk shop, connect, learn and inspire collaboration for present and future research opportunities! The next CHHS Shop Talk is happening this Thursday, November 20th. Shop Talk will happen every third Thursday during the academic year, from 3:30 – 5:00 pm. Each session will highlight the research and work of two faculty within the college.

Dr. Paul Ullucci, Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, will share previous and current research highlighting the area of human flexibility and stiffness as it relates to both dehydration and hyperhydration.

Dr. Cassandra Joubert, Professor in the Department of Public Health, will discuss the development and evolution of a community-based training program in Infant-Parent Mental Health, and how the training promotes multi-disciplinary collaboration and systems change on behalf of young children.

Please note: Shop Talk is currently open only to faculty and staff. To reserve your spot or to learn more, please contact Diahann Gutierrez at diahannh@csufresno.edu. 

Native American Heritage Month Lecture Series

Cornel PewewardyDistinguished guest lecturer, Dr. Cornel Pewewardy will present a series of lectures this week in commemoration of Native American Heritage Month at Fresno State. Pewewardy, professor and director of Indigenous Nations Studies at Portland State University, will reflect on the Indigenous peoples’ experience with colonialism, development, and globalization. All lectures will be held in the Agricultural Science building, room 109. Lectures include:

Tuesday, November 18th:

Why society should not ignore the Indian mascot controversy, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

How the Grinch stole Thanksgiving: Alternatives to celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday, 5:00-6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, November 19th:

Walk a mile in my redface: Indigenous resurgence and self-determination sustainability, 3:00-4:30 p.m.

The lectures are co-sponsored by the American Indian Studies Program, the American Indian Faculty and Staff Association and First Nations Indigenous Students Association.

For more information contact Dr. Kris Clarke, associate professor of social work at Fresno State at 559.278.2985 or 559.278.2048.

Our College empowers students to take a whole body approach to improving the quality of life. Our faculty and students are dedicated to helping Central California live well. Click through the slideshow to the right to learn about each of our seven departments within our college: Communicative Disorders and Deaf Studies, Kinesiology, Physical Therapy, Public Health, Recreation Administration, School of Nursing and Social Work Education and Gerontology.


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